Reference : 573050

Development Chemist

  • Research and Development
  • United Kingdom
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 10/15/2019

Who are we ?


Innovative? Customer Focused? Agile?  Open and Engaging? Entrepreneurial? – Our key attitudes and way we like to work at Saint-Gobain. If this sounds like you, please read on to find out more about the Development Chemist opportunity. 

This role is working with Saint-Gobain Insulation UK out of our Celotex site in Hadleigh, Suffolk. With a history of continual product innovation, technical progression and an unrivalled product and service package spanning over 40 years, we remain the insulation specialist of choice.

What impact will you have in this role?

As a Development Chemist, you will be a valued member of the Research & Development team, supporting the production of quality products in a safe and efficient manner. This will include;

  • Being responsible for the project managed development of new products by developing new chemicals, formulations, and processes; both in the laboratory and on the production plants.
  • Evaluating competitors’ products physical and declared properties for the purpose of benchmarking new products.
  • Keeping accurate records of all evaluations, investigations, and trials and issue reports to the Development Manager on a regular basis.
  • Working with a strict adherence to EHS policy and procedure.
  • Building strong relationships inside and outside the team as you coordinate workloads, present to members of staff at all levels, and share knowledge.

What kind of person are we looking for? 

First and foremost, we always want to recruit talented people that align well with our values and way of working. In addition to the five Saint-Gobain attitudes we shared at the start, suitability for the role is always key – to perform well in this position, we also need someone who is;

  • Educated to degree level in a Chemistry based subject – ideally Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry, with an understanding of Thermal Dynamics an added bonus.
  • Able to work off their own innovative, taking a proactive approach they analyse and interpret samples – making recommendation for updates to policy and procedure.
  • Comfortable being involved with all levels of operation, willing to help members of the wider team where needed, and takes ownership of the impact their role has in the operation.
  • Well organised and able to be agile in an ever-changing environment. 

Who are Saint-Gobain?

Saint-Gobain was founded in 1665 to deliver a world first – the production of glass on an industrial scale. We have continued to adapt and grow through providing innovate ideas, services and products to our customers. 350 years later we have a presence in 67 countries and employ 170,000 people worldwide. The UK & Ireland is home to over 30 of the most well-known and respected businesses within the construction sector including: British Gypsum, Jewson, Weber, Graham and Glassolutions. 

You are applying to work with Saint-Gobain Insulation UK this is one of more than 30 fascinating Saint-Gobain businesses that operate within UK and Ireland. Regardless of which business you join, you will be welcomed into a professional and warm environment, where we value all of our employees equally and have a strong focus on their health, safety and wellbeing at all times.

Our Ambition as a business?

At Saint-Gobain, our goal is to ‘Create great living places and improve people’s daily life’. We design, manufacture and distribute materials and solutions, which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. 

Do you want to be part of this vision? Click apply, we would love to hear from you.




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